Central girls coach Joy Greene had to feel content with her team trailing just three others after the first day.
The state title is bound to go to either Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (the leader with 12 points) or Orlando Bishop Moore (second with 11), but Central is competing with four sophomores.
"That's one of the pros of being here," Greene said. "We got here with a young team. We could be back again."
Central, which had four points, is not through yet. At No. 2 singles, Stephanie Beaulieu plays this morning's final against Cardinal Gibbons' Jodi Kenoyer. Also, Beaulieu and twin sister Tammy play in a No. 1 doubles semifinal.
On the boys side, Zephyrhills is tied for fourth. The winner will be either Cardinal Gibbonsor Jesuit, which trails by a point.
Zephyrhills can add to its three points with a win in the No. 1 doubles semifinals. Fernando Mantese and Chris Black face Jesuit's Andrew Laflin and Taylor Ralph.
In the boys individual draw, Lecanto's Tony Hamon fell to Bishop Moore's Matt Graham 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Hamon and Naveen Reddy lost in the doubles quarterfinals. On the girls side, Lecanto's Maggie Lamparelliand Kate Jendro play in today's doubles quarters.